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deep are there. that woman is now very much seen and definitely full of thoughts, she's now speaker of the house nancy pelosi. she returns tonight to her alma mater, to trinity for a tonhowl interview with the great and good joy reid. the speaker with nancy pelosi and joy reid starts right now. have a great night. >> announcer: this is an msnbc special presentation. >> she grew up in baltimore from a family steeped in politics and rose to become the first woman speaker of the house. now she's making history again. only this time nancy pelosi is starting her term in the middle of a government shutdown. facing a republican led senate and donald trump in the white house. tonight just one day after re-claiming the gavel, nancy pelosi visits her alma mater to make her case. this is an exclusive town hall with the speaker from trinity
washington university in washington, d.c. here now is joy reid. >> welcome to o'connor auditorium at trinity washington university for a very special hour. now as you know there is a new congress in town, the 116th and a new speaker in her second term with the gavel in the midst of yet another government shutdown. now, we've got a lot to get to so let's jump right in and bring out a proud trinity washington tiger from the class of 1962. please welcome the newly re-elected speaker of the house, nancy pelosi. [ cheers and applause ]
>> that's quite a welcome. you're kind of a big deal. first of all, i want to congratulate you. i watched your swearing in yesterday. a historic moment and we've got a few people you might know, some of your former classmates are here behind me that have come here to celebrate you as well as some friends and family and fellow students. i'm going to jump right in because obviously the context of this conversation is that the government remains shutdown. yesterday the house jumped right in working and passed six bills to reopen the government. but tell us, kind of give us the preview how this is going to end because you've made it very clear that the congress of the united states is not going to appropriate money to build a wall. mexico who donald trump, the president, who has said would pay for the wall has made it clear they're not going to pay for the wall. donald trump is still insisting at $5.5 billion.
>> first of all let me say how happy i am to be today at trinity college. president mcgwire thank you for your hospitality and leadership, recognized nationally as a great academic leader in our country. i'm happy my grandson is here. in any event we come into this congress at a really very interesting time. it's been hard to imagine many more times in history that had been more challenging in terms of shall we say the differences of opinion and values that are out there. we come into a congress as you mentioned, joy, that the government is shutdown and you mention the wall. the wall and the government shutdown really have nothing to do with each other. we passed bills yesterday, a package of six bills. i think it's important for the
public to know what we passed yesterday was exactly what was passed by the republican senate. we gave them -- we said take yes for an answer. we're taking your language to open up government. separating out the subject of security, we all believe in border security. how we do that is our debate. but there's no reason to have a public pay a price in services. the workers pay a price in paychecks, and our country -- our economy pay a price in what is happening because people are not confident. so this is a totally irresponsible thing to say, connecting the shutdown to the wall. >> mitch mcconnell your colleague, your counterpart in the senate has made it clear even though these were senate bills that were passed by republicans, that he won't put
them back on it floor unless the president approves of them. how do you get around this conundrum if the other half of the first branch of government will only act at the behest of the president? >> well, i think that what mitch mcconnell is doing, and i say this as respectfully as possible, is saying we're not needed. congressman may as well stay home. all we need it one person to show up -- donald trump. and that's not what our founders had in mind. they talked about coequal branches of government. article i, the legislative branch, the peoples' branch of government. the president can sign or not, but he should never say i'm not even going to put it on the president's desk. what he signed, and we could have sent a bill of our own making, but we said we'll send exactly what the senate passed with over 90 votes on the floor of the senate or unanimously in
committee. we sent that exactly. and then for our separate bill, our homeland security, we took their language exactly. the continued resolution would last until february 8th. take yes for an answer. >> have you spoken with senator mcconnell because i think a lot of the public is frustrated by the fact that congress used to do a thing called send a bill to a president to veto if he so chooses. have you spoken to mitch mcconnell about simply doing that if donald trump wants to do it, he could do so? >> the constitution of the united states says that if congress -- if both houses pass a bill and send it to the president and the president doesn't want to sign it, and it sits there for ten days it becomes the law. >> right. >> so the president doesn't even have to sign it.
>> let's talk about the bigger picture because obviously this is bigger issue. donald trump ran for president on fundamentally the issue of -- >> let's not talk about donald trump. we're talking about the future. >> no, we want to talk about the future and i think -- it's not really about him but i think it's a fundamental question of who is an american. and now democrats have a chance to weigh in on that. it's a question fundamentally how our immigration system helps to shape who we are and our values. talk about what the democratic house plans to do about that because there is still the need for comprehensive immigration reform. >> absolutely. >> what would be in a bill that could come to a floor that you could see passing the house? >> well, let me just quote ronald reagan. ronald reagan in his last speech as president of the united states -- now, that's a headliner, right? ronald reagan, the great
communicator, hids in my last speech as president i want to communicate a message to the people of country i love. and he talked about -- you have to read the speech. look it up. he talked about, he said the vital force of america's preeminence in the world is every new generation of immigrants coming to america. and when america fails to recognize that, america will fail to be preeminent in the world. i quoted ronald reagan in my comment yesterday. he further said if we close the door to new people coming we will fail to be preeminent. you have to read that speech. that's ronald reagan. their hero. they didn't applaud for ronald reagan when i said that. they usually applaud for ronald reagan all the time. we are a nation of immigrants.
and every new generation of immigrants is a revitalization of america. making america more america. >> give me one fundamental thing, is it daca, what's the fundamental thing that must be in a bill? >> the best way we could go and hope that the president would agree to is comprehensive immigration reform, where we address the whole package of reforms. we have always said, all of us together will go -- the daca situation, the dreamers that became such an urgent matter and still is, that we separated that out and that would be a part of it. but if you have comprehensive immigration reform where you talk about people coming forward -- coming forward because people are not going to come forward if that means they
come forward and they're arrested. they come forward and taxes, that usually isn't the case, but whatever that would be. but anyway to have legalization process for the 11 million people who are in the united states and recognizing that that brings them out of the shadow and into the our economy in a fuller way. so from a pragmatic standpoint it helps. it's a positive thing. in terms of dreamers obviously that's an easy fix for us to -- president obama did that -- hopefully in a short period of time we can correct that. it would address the temporary status which is very, very important for central americans, for some people from africa, south of sahara ait has to be
something that says we want people who are here to be full participants in america, and that we're not raiding job sites and this and that and instilling fear. and it is a -- we've been through this. secure our borders. legalize the people who are here so that they can participate fully. do so in a way that energizes america, which has always been the case with new comers coming. and i emphasize that secure our borders because that's a responsibility, to protect and defend our country. the president would not -- the inference that you draw from the wall is that's the only way to do that. that actually is an imorality. it builds walls in peoples minds about who should come here. it's a very sad thing that he's doing to instill that kind of fear of a new congress to our country. so very different from ronald reagan, george herbert walker
bush, bill clinton, barack obama, all of our former presidents. this is departure. >> this is town hall so i want to get some questions in. i want to go first to michelle vasquez. and she's a freshman political science major here. >> i want to start off by mentioning on christmas eve a boy from guatemala passed away due to inattentive care by border custody. what can we do to improve and establish safer detention facilities. >> and just to clarify, there were two children. on december 8th. not only were two children to
die, i believe in the last decade this is the most deaths while in u.s. custody. >> there have been other deaths which are tragic and the question michelle asked -- to make sure, first of all we want to have more respect for the people coming. just to be talking about having standards for medical care, jakelin did not have any proper medical attention cared to her in that way boarding that bus. a doctor, he and others have been suggesting for a while now that there be personnel there assigned that can make judgments
about -- medical decisions about these people, young people are not. but these happen to be young, that makes it all the more tragic but shameful that we don't have that. there were certain protocols that were not followed. the inspector general will be investigating, at least jakelin's case. we understood that the inspector general had been making an investigation about what they didn't do, what needs to be done. but we know for sure -- but we know for sure they are lacking in the training medical professionals to be there to make judgment. so we have to be more, shall we say, responsible when it comes to children. when there are children coming over the border, not putting them in cages, separating them from their parents, how could that be in the greatest country
in the history of the world? >> and bringing the children into the gallery yesterday when you accepted the speakership. and coming up we'll have more with speaker pelosi. speaker pelosi will tell us what's on the democratic agenda for the house. plus investigations and that other "i" word, impeachment. what should donald trump expect from democrats in 2019? more from the speaker of the house nancy pelosi coming up. house nancy pelosi coming up ♪ turn up your swagger game with one a day gummies. one serving...
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>> i probably had a generational reaction to it. but in any event, i'm not in the censorship business. i don't think that -- i mean, i don't like that language. i wouldn't use that language. i don't, again, establish any language standards for my colleagues. but i don't think it's anything worse than what the president has said. >> i guess the question would be does that kind of discussion of impeachment on that level help the cause of oversight in general or does it make impeachment more likely, less likely? does it impact the actual trajectory? >> i think it probably consolidates his base, but i don't think it makes much difference. >> so you're not concerned at all about the way the president's base will react to the idea of an incoming democratic caucus coming in with
the idea already prebaked into the cake, they're going to go in. >> you have to weigh the equities. that freedom of speech of an individual member. as i say generationally that would not be language i would use. >> sure. >> but nonetheless i don't think we should make a big deal of it. i really don't. that's probably the way people talk around -- again, i'm a grandmother and that's a different story. but it is -- words weigh a ton. and the president has to realize his words weigh a ton too. and some of the words he uses has a direct impact on peoples' lives. my colleague's comments do not have an impact on peoples lives. let me ask you this, if she were
a man, would they be making -- >> you know what, on that point, what do you make of the way that womens words, womens actions are parsed by us, by the public versus men's? >> well, i think that women have to have each other's backs. in other words, it's not a zero-sum game. one woman's success is really a success for all women. and it's not as if if you have this then i'm deprived of that. so i think we all kind of have to stick together on all of this because there are just behavioral patterns that in spite of themselves some men just can't get over it. but we can't be held up by that. oh, my goodness, i'm such a target for all of it in every possible way. i thrive on it. that's my answer to them. i thrive on it. >> so i'll ask you the question.
if the congresswoman was a man, do you think he'd make a big deal of it? >> probably less of a deal. probably less of a deal. but you know what, i don't know why we're making a big deal of it now. it's the way people talk. i think, frankly, that what she said was less offensive than what president trump said about john mccain. >> what do you make of the fact that you do have some members of your freshman class and not even just freshman who believe it is time now to impeach the president? >> well, the members of our caucus who have thought for a while, almost two years, if that were the case, i do think as i said before we want to be unified, e pluribus unum, bring
people together. >> the mueller probe has resulted in charges against 30 people, guilty pleas of five people with direct ties to the president of the united states. seven total, five directly tied to him. but with the michael cohen case the president has been implicated in a federal crime. what would you need to see in addition to that in order for you to feel that you've reached the threshold where it's time to begin impeachment hearings? >> well, let me just say first of all because you've used the word oversight and investigations, and they're not really interchangeable. congress has a constitutional responsibility to have oversight over the executive branch. we are the power of the purse. we appropriate the funds, and we have to have oversight as to whether they're being used effectively. so that is our responsibility and we would be delinquent if we
didn't do that. when does that go to the place where an investigation is required? well, you're seeing a culture of cronies and corruption and incompetence in this administration where people are dropping off like flies in terms of their own exposure at the court matters. and so whether it involves the air our children breathes, the water they drink, and what is the personal agrendisement, in terms of impeachment we have to see different evidence. >> what i think a lot of people are looking at, is you have the former campaign manager of the united states is already under investigation for committing crimes. his former national security
advisor has already pleaded guilty, and i guess what a lot of the freshman, and what would you say to congresswoman talib there's already enough evidence here that at least the hearings should begin. what do you say to that? >> elijah cummings, chair of the committee of investigative reform, the oversight committee of congress, i used to serve on that. we have jerry nadler, the chair of the judiciary committee, and we have adam schiff, the chair of the intelligence committee. and they will be reviewing with oversight and possible investigation what happens next. but the -- i think that the outrage that people feel about impeachment is legitimate. i also think that people should be very concerned about what this president is doing to children.
this whole russia investigation is very important, and we have a responsibility to follow the facts where they take us but not to have it be, with all due respect to the press, the press spends a lot of time on it. every single day by executive order the president is saying i sign a bill, i'm by executive order going to take those food stamps away. you know, he's doing really harmful things that affect people in every day life, and all the focus is on what might happen and let's see when that happens. >> but i think for a lot of people, though, having acquired the office, if there were crimes committed in the acquisition of president, i think for a lot of people that's so foundational that you do have a lot of members who believe that the inquiry is necessary, that seeing the president's tax returns, for instance, is necessary. do you believe that should happen? >> well, we should have seen the president's tax returns. i had this experience the other
day with speaking at an event for our hidden heroes, the initiative for caregivers, and as i was walking through as i usually do through the kitchen to get to the podium, one of the busboys said to me, when the president says to you that the mueller investigation is going on too long, just remind him, not as long as his audit of his tax returns. >> what do you think of donald trump's relationship with vladimir putin? >> i think that the president's relationship with thugs all over the world is appalling. vladimir putin, really? really? i think it's dangerous. but, you know, i think one of the most frightening but stiff competition remind you of things this president has done, is the firing of mattis. now, mattis resigned and the president likes to say he fired him.
but the fact is mattis isn't there. and the president still is. >> at the risk of circling back, firing jim comey, firing the fbi director for a lot of people is obstruction of justice. obstruction of justice was one of the articles of impeachment used against a prior president. do you believe that is obstruction of justice, firing the fbi director? >> let me just take it to a larger place. when they impeached president clinton it was completely wrong. they should not have done that. it was wrong, it was divisive in the country. it was wrong. in terms of richard nixon, there was no impeachment. the republicans stepped up to the plate and visited the president and said we can't go on. what's shameful right now is not just the president's behavior in so many respects and his lack of interest in evidence, data, facts or truth when it comes to making a decision.
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all right, welcome back to trinity washington university. let's take a bit of a break for a moment before we get back to the hard news stuff. i want to show you a picture. that's a young lady. >> this is when president kennedy was running for president. i was like 16 in that picture. my father was mayor of baltimore. and the candidate came there to speak at a united nations dinner, and my mother would normally be accompanying my father and she knew i wanted to meet senator kennedy, so she enabled me to go and i sat next to him at dinner in the first lady's seat. it was funny because i was a member of what we called the united nations high school -- at the time and so the high school kids had a table there. and they came up to me and said we'd like to invite you to come sit with us instead, and i said,
oh, i could never leave this seat. >> i want to take a bit about nancy delasandro. you're a baltimore girl. obviously your dad was mayor of baltimore. what parts of you are baltimore, what parts of you are san francisco? >> well, first of all, we grew up in a family that was devoutly catholic, very proud of our town american heritage. fiercely patriotic about america, and in our case staunchly democratic. so all of those virtues would be very transferrable to san francisco. but i always say is that the pride that we took in our own heritage enabled me when i went to san francisco to respect the
pride of such an incredibly diverse -- everybody is there. and every division within every category of people is there. so i think our own ethnic pride is a source of respect for our people. and we always -- my mother was very civil rights oriented, my brother as well, my father, too. but the two of them even more so. but it wasn't about respect, that public service is a noble calling and as i said in my remarks yesterday that we should serve with our hearts full of love, and that america is a country whose heart is full of love. and when people ask where is hope you say it's sitting where it always has been, between faith and the goodness of others. something will happen. >> we're going to try to sneak you in here. a political science major from
maryland. >> speaker pelosi, what kind of challenges do you face holding one of the highest elected positions as a woman and how do you handle them? >> thank you for your question. >> and dealing with the m man-splaining. >> let me say this, you can't let that stand in your way. with young women newly emerging into the public sector as i went from the kitchen to the congress, whatever the path is, whether it's right out of college or whatever, know your power. just know your why. why are you interested in public service or whatever it is, the academic world, the military, corporate america, whatever. know your why. know your subject. know why you're doing it, what it is so you can speak with authority about it. know your plan, be strategic and
communicate -- if you show your vision, your knowledge, your plan, you will be able to attract. that connection is so important. and so have your own confidence. don't worry about their hang-ups. just don't worry about their hang-ups. >> so we've got some heavy topics to get to this in town hall, but it is a very quick lightening round. short answer. you've got 20 minutes at the end of the day, what do you do? 20 minutes to yourself? >> i, well, it's a little bit personal. >> just us in the room. >> well, my relaxation at the end of the day, to soak in the tub, eat chocolate candy and do a crossword puzzle. >> in an alternate universe where you're not speaker of the house, what would your dream job
be? >> grandmother. >> what's the one thing you can't live without? >> oh, well, my family of course. >> good answer. excellent answer. >> -- used to say to my husband when we were dating, i don't know if i could give up chocolate for anybody. but anybody who loved me would never ask me to give up chocolate. >> fair. i think that makes absolutely perfect sense. more with speaker pelosi after the break. more with speaker pelosi after the break. this round's on me . hey, can you spot me? come on in! find your place, today, with silver sneakers... included with many medicare advantage plans. call the number on the screen now or visit getsilversneakers.com
all right. welcome back to trinity washington university. we're here with speaker nancy pelosi. and peeker pelosi, democrats won back the house largely on the issue of health care. it was a really important issue for so many americans. it still is. it's still a health care law that is under threat, so i want to go right to a student who i believe has a health care question. carol sardina, what is your question? you're getting your masters in occupational therapy. >> my question for the speaker is what approach will the democrats in the house take to fixing the affordable care act? >> well, thank you so much for your question, and i think that the reference should be the affordable care act. it is a -- we are very proud of the affordable care act. we think it was a generational opportunity to establish a pillar of economic and health
security on the part of social security, medicare, medicaid with the affordable care act and a path to ensuring -- making sure that everyone has access to affordable quality health care in our country. there's some challenges that we face because certain things have expired within the bill and have not been renewed by the administration. very, very dangerous thing that the administration did. they couldn't -- they couldn't overturn the affordable care act. and you know why? the american people spoke, told their stories. 10,000 events around the country. 10,000 events, town hall meetings, press conferences, visits to offices, lobbyists, little children, people with pre-existing conditions, 123 million families affected. so they fought them.
however, in their tax scam bill that the republicans passed, they took away the individual mandate, and that was very dangerous in term of the affordable care act. so we would have to replace that. a couple of things that i would do is to raise the income level at which people can get subsidies so more people would be able to get the subsidies. i think that's very, very important. strengthening the law so that it is required that states will have -- expand medicaid. very, very important. but the virtue of it is not just 20 million more people had access to health care, which would be a justification in itself, it's that 123 million more families would have access even though they had a pre-existing condition. and many more families have better benefits. so the entire population
benefitted if they availed themselves of it or their states enabled them to avail themselves. certainly any bill of that magnitude we can imbruv but certainly we have to make up for r reassurances. >> when you mention medicare for all, we now have learned that thanks to the change over in leadership there will be hearings on medicare for all. do you expect the medicare for all bill to come to the floor this year? >> understand this, medicare for all is a good idea. but medicare is not as good a benefit as the affordable care act is for if you're younger. and so we either have to expand the people who are getting the affordable care act in a way that they understand or we have
to improve the benefits of medicare. medicare does not have a catastrophic plan. you have to go buy that. so understand people what it means to the individual, and that's a fair review that we should have. >> and you'll have hearings now. >> we'll have hearings on the subject. and again, i have said before i even came to congress, i was out there with a sign that said single payer, because that is the least costly of all. what does it cost? $30 trillion to do single payer. how do you pay for that? okay, affordable care act has a way for people to participate, as a mandate, no free riders. the medicare for all, you have to review. whether the benefits -- and people have to understand that and if we expand benefits, how -- >> how do you pay for it. and one of the earlier steps you have to take before you even add
a new law is rules that allow bills to come to the floor in an expeditious way. i'm holing in my hands an op-ed that you coauthored with the chair mcgovern. and you talked about changing the way the house actually operates to make it more transparent. you could have written an op-ed about anything. whether it's voting rights or gun reform -- you started with transparency, why? >> well, we started with hr which is our return to integrity in government. but the point about this is that we are promising transparency so that the public -- >> what does that mean? i feel that word is used a lot, but what does it mean in pragmatic terms? >> it means openness. it means you do not have dark of
night, speed of light passage that has a $7 trillion impact on the economy, and advantage to the top 1%. it means the public will see what the impact of legislation is on them. openness, the world of social media and traditional media enables people to have a better idea of what's happening. not the way they did it without one hearing. >> can you really enforce this idea of having a 72-hour period? >> all you have to do is do it. it's a decision they did not make. and so they said they had 72 hours but they would take a 24-hour day and take one minute off the day before and one minute off the day after and say that's three days, that's 72 hours. but the public has to be able to see. and we promised bipartisanship.
well, most of the things in our agenda are about bipartisan issues. the president says he wants to lower the cost of prescription drugs, so do we. that's one of our first items on the agenda. the president says he wants to build the instruct of america, so do we. and to build paychecks by building instruct in america. the president hasn't said he wants to reduce the role of money in politics, but that is what we want to do. >> there's a really diverse caucus. there's a lot of agenda items they want to be done. how do you balance a caucus that's got all these activist p p progressives, how do you not let any sides, lidelogical purity hinder progress? >> all along people always say to me oh, you're a good unifier if you're a caucus.
i go mow, wrino, i'm not. it's about fairness in our economy and in terms of opportunity. and that is whatever else we may disagree on or place a different emphasis on, it always comes back to that. and i feel very confident that our colleagues -- as i said yesterday we have to address the disparity of income in america. it's shameful. and some of the things that we have as priorities also in addition to reducing the cost of health care and prescription drugs, preserving pre-existing conditions, in addition to building bigger paychecks by building infrastructure in a green way -- >> well, you mentioned green -- >> and then some of the other issues are bipartisan. again, openness, bipartisanship, gun safety.
there is bipartisan support in the congress and in the country for common sense background checks for people who want to buy a gun. secondly, there's bipartisan support in the country to protect support in the country to protect our dreamers. third, there's bipartisan support in the country for a number of other issues. but one of them is to end discrimination against lgbtq people in our community. so it's about sending discrimination. it's about respecting who we are as a people. it's about keeping people safe. there's bipartisanship in the congress in the country on those issues. >> sure. >> so we're not looking for a fight, we're looking for many, one, how do we unify? openness, bipartisanship, unity. >> another question from a student. shelly ward, a journalism student. >> do you support the black lives matter movement? >> well, i support the
recognition that black lives matter, for sure. and i have incorporated that in many of my statements. i think all lives matter, yes. but there has -- we really have to redress past grievances in terms of how we have addressed the african-american community. i had a real privilege yesterday to address the swearing in of the new black caucus members. at least eight new members elected from places that are not majority black communities. so this was a real breakthrough. so i think that we're all, you know, working together to make sure that every part of our community, whether it's immigrant community, whether it's the black community, women's community and the rest, not only matter, but rule. >> we know that race relations are at a low meter at the moment for a lot of reasons. is there anything that politics can do about that, to address it? >> well, first of all, one of
the most significant things we can do is to lift up the economic well-being of all americans, that we can say to people that we will have an economy that works for you. one of the ways to do that is to get rid of the corruption and the role of big, dark money in politics so people have confidence that we will make a decision in the people's interest, and not in the special interests. so these things are not disconnected. that's why hr 1 is so important for us. >> is that going to include voting rights? that's one of the main aspects of discrimination against people of color. >> the voting rights act is part of our -- as we go forward, we'll take longer to pass the voting rights act because we have to build the constitutional record for that. but not to hold us up from putting forth hr 1 which has many other john lewis's initiatives for alleviating voter suppression and the rest of that. but we do have to give people -- when they vote, that their vote will count as cast, that voting
rights are respected in our country. imagine, imagine that it's been a number of years since the court made its terrible decision and republicans will not bring up the bill. but what, they'll go to selma and be there for the 50th anniversary of the march on selma. so we have to hold people to their public statements. and it is -- it's really important, not just for black lives, but for america. >> madam speaker, stay right there. we will have more with the speaker when we come back. stay right there. before discovering nexium 24hr to treat her frequent heartburn, marie could only imagine enjoying freshly squeezed orange juice. now no fruit is forbidden. nexium 24hr stops acid before it starts for all-day, all-night protection. can you imagine 24 hours without heartburn?
♪ before we go, i heard a little story about you. >> what's that? >> that back when you were a student here at trinity that you might have -- you might have made off with some contraband from the commissary. do you remember that story? >> i remember it. it was a part of our lives. >> we've got your friends back here, including your roommate, former roommate from trinity. what would be the one word they would use to describe you? >> i have no idea. you'll have to ask them. but we had a sister hood that
included our going in the dark of night to -- we would have bought the ice cream if they had been there to sell it to us. >> but it was there. >> but it was there, and it was challenging. what we did learn is in the dark of night it's hard to tell the flavors apart. >> there. in closing, speaker pelosi, i think a lot of people would agree that the legacy of your first speakership it was a pretty formidable legacy, with health care. what do you want the legacy of your second speckership to be? >> that we have head on address the issue of disparity of income in america. because the lack of confidence that people in their own financial security is not right for democracy. democracy is the backbone of our democracy is a strong middle class and we want more people to be in it. and those who aspire to it to be
drawn into it. so our democracy depends on people feeling confident about their own economic well-being, the middle class. and so that. and then, of course, for me, as i said, my flagship issue as speaker before was the climate issue, we must address the climate issue as we build america in a new green way. i just want to close with one trinity story. when the bill was signed, the affordable care act, it was historic, president obama, our inspiration, our leader, just so fabulous. so secretary of hhs at the time, who helped to navigate all of this, and so we said to the president, mr. president, for this historic occasion we want a picture with the trinity sisters, meaning the two of us. but he thought we were going to be seei ing nuns, and he said
where are the sisters? and we said we are the sisters. >> speaker pelosi, i want to thank you very much, thank you for being here today. thank you, trinity for having us. thank you to trinity washington university. thank you for tuning in, more news is up next on the 11th hour with brian williams. thanks for joining us, good night. tonight donald trump threatens a government shutdown lasting months or years if need be. he says he could try to order his wall be built, although democrats and the constitution may differ. robert mueller lays out the groundwork for even more. his grand jury has been extended by a judge. talk about the consequences. and speaking of the